Ron, a teenage runaway, comes of age among the punk elves and humans of Bordertown, a run-down city on the border between the real world and the magic . When Ron runs away, he ends up in Bordertown, a grim city that lies between the real world and the world of faerie, a place where elf and human gangs stalk. Ron, a human runaway searching for his brother, joins the denizens of Castle Pup, lands a job at Elsewhere–the strangest bookstore in two worlds–and.

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Apr 26, Wendy rated it really liked it.


No current Talk conversations about this book. The world of faerie mixed with urban lit. Oooh, I’m being mean. Shetterly imagines urban magic in a wonderful manner. Ron came to the Bordertown to find his older brother. This book is about how we think we express our identities, purpose, bonds of loyalty and affection. I especially liked the interactions between Ron and the people he meets.

ELSEWHERE by Will Shetterly | Kirkus Reviews

After he finds at job at Elsewhere, a book shop, shefterly is able to spend some time in his search for his brother but distractions from his daily life creep in until he is blamed for the disaster. The whole “Bordertown” series was great fodder for my imagination. I have owned this since middle school but I did not know it was the 4th in a series.

I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for wilp. Emma Bull’s Finderwhich I read many years ago and vaguely remember liking well enough, and the anthology Borderlandwhich I read last year and was kind of underwhelmed by. Elves on motorcycles, magic at dance clubs, werewolfs staffing used bookstores- I was hooked. Borderland 5 novel Wolfboy book 1. Ron’s redemption is believable and shetteroy appreciated and I found myself really liking the characters and the book itself.


For one, Orient is a much more sympathetic main character than Ron, who is annoying for most of the book. I like the gritty realism of the urban fantasy, drug addicts, first time teen sex, fabulous friends and scenes and thier inevitable loss, misplaced and enduring loyalty. Wiill says he’s looking for his brother Tony, but–as he enters Castle Pup under the wing of the unreliable half-breed Mooner and shetterlyy finds himself a weapon of revenge against the woman who owns the bookstore called Elsewhere–we learn that Tony only meant to come to Bordertown.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Return to Book Page. How a person takes all those ingredients and uses them to become who they are meant to be, if they can make it through the painful metamorphosis that leads to elsewhre final state: A decent YA story about a runaway boy who goes to wil, Borderlands – on the edge of the ‘ordinary’ human world and the world of Faerie.

Minnesota Book Awards What follows is a story not dissimilar to most modern stories about runaways, with real life themes being overwritten by the introduction of Elves, magic and the oddly named characters fantasy writers can’t get enough of.


Not far in the future, Faerie returns to the sight of man while a once-conservative human city becomes Bordertown, where young elves and humans alike escape their various homes and rules. I’ve mentioned that YA novels are bugging me, I think it is a middle age thing, not wanting to have my face rubbed in the reminder of my glorious youth that can never elsewhsre as glorious as these stories.

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I can’t remember where or what it was called, but I now understand how future-Ron became who he was by that time. It was cute at first because Ron didn’t want to look stupid and present all his name, so when people asked he said, “Just Ron.

It’s decently written, and Shetterly makes the setting feel real enough. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

There are gay characters! Jan 26, Kirsten rated it really liked it Shelves: Here’s to a revived urban fantasy boom! Generally speaking of the state of books today, I elsewwhere wait for the dystopia craze to die down and perhaps we can return to something a little more interesting and different in YA.

I’d forgotten how much I like YA, due to the glut of derivative dystopias currently swarming the publishing market.